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Not that long ago, the original AT&T completely dominated phone service. You had no choice but to use them. AT&T not only owned the phone market, the company also owned your phone. You couldn't buy a phone from anyone else. In fact, you couldn't even buy one from AT&T; you had to rent it from them, and the charge never went away. I even remember AT&T spying into people's homes to figure out if they had bought their own phones, which was strictly forbidden.
For a while cell phones seemed to promise cheap phone service with fixed fee rate plans. But then the phone companies got greedy again. They lock you in with their mandatory two-year contracts, and then pepper you with extra fees and charges that can add hundreds of dollars to a monthly phone bill. It's still somewhat simpler to keep on top of cell phone charges than the Byzantine landline phone charges, and a lot of people have given up on landline phone service entirely. The problem there is that the voice quality is generally awful. And you're dealing with an industry that thinks "fewest dropped calls" is something to brag about. Geesh!
Fortunately there is an alternative. Just as the Internet has totally revolutionized the way we entertain ourselves and communicate with one another, it is also rolling out Internet phone service. VoIP stands for "Voice over Internet Protocol" and describes Internet phone communication that is now rivaling and surpassing the convenience and quality of traditional landline phone service. Rates are generally a lot lower and legalese is kept to a minimum.
Internet telephony has come a very long way since the first online IP phone. These days you can get very inexpensive plans and packages that let you keep your existing phone number. Plus, you often get all the usual goodies (caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, additional lines, caller block, conferencing, etc.) thrown in for free. Since broadband phone service uses the high-speed Internet connection in your home, you don't need any equipment other than a broadband phone adapter that usually comes with the VoIP service. This is not just a case of switching to a different phone company. It is leaving the old telephone company monopoly behind entirely and using the Internet for phone service instead. Once you switch over, you'll find that it is simpler and better in every respect. And a whole lot less expensive to boot.
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